21 undergrads selected for Odgers Berndtson’s UK CEO for a Day programme 2019
Twenty-one UK undergraduate students have won the chance to spend a day as the real-life apprentice to the CEO of a leading business, not-for-profit or public sector organisation.
Chief executives from 21 organisations including Sainsbury’s, Domino’s Pizza Group, Visa, ITV, Admiral Group, Welsh Rugby Union, Hargreaves Lansdown, Barnardo’s, The Department of Transport, Avanade and Royal Mint will each spend a day with an individual student winners of the UK “CEO for a Day”, run by Odgers Berndtson.
“The need to innovate and manage generational changes in the workforce are big issues for all senior leaders,” said Kester Scrope, chief executive of Odgers Berndtson.”This gives CEOs a chance to engage in a very personal way which is also of immense value to a young person starting out.”
Many of the winning students have very modern expectations of senior leaders. “The way businesses are led is changing,” revealed one. “Instead of a huge gap between the people at the top and the average worker, my ambition would be to utilise everyone’s strengths and weaken that gap.”
Another added, “Too often in modern culture leadership is about power, specifically over others. In my view this is detrimental to progress.”
Individual students will schedule days with particular CEOs at the participating companies over the coming weeks and months. They come from a wide range of backgrounds and universities, reflecting the ethos of the scheme, and won their places following a rigorous six-month application and selection process. Undergraduates from all UK universities were invited to apply.
“This is about opening doors at a very high level to talented young people from a mix of backgrounds who might otherwise lack such opportunities,” commented Mark Freebairn, who runs CEO for a Day for Odgers Berndtson in the UK. “The idea is to inspire a new generation and show them how exciting leadership can be.”
Almost 1,000 CEOs and students across 13 countries have so far taken part in Odgers Berndtson’s CEO for a Day, attracting almost 20,000 student applications.
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